Last week I explored using Twitter in early elementary classrooms. I was inspired by some pretty amazing teachers who seamlessly integrated social media tools to share and extend their classroom learning. You will see that my policies are modified for a first grade classroom. The most effective way I have observed social media being used in the early elementary classroom is to have a classroom account. The social media apps would then be downloaded onto classroom devices for kids to access. There is extensive work in going over social media policies before students are allowed to use social media apps. The below policies are age appropriate and are centered around having young students working with one classroom account.
My classroom policies will sent home to be signed and returned so any questions and concerns can be answered and discussed. I will also encourage my parents to join the social media platforms we use so they can interact and follow our classroom activity. I also believe in engaging parents in hands-on workshops highlighting technology integration tools. I would set up a workshop where kids would teach their parents about how we are utilizing technology tools. I have used this in the past with other technology tools and it worked wonders.
Anderson, S. (2015). How to create social media guidelines for your school. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/pdfs/edutopia-anderson-social-media-guidelines.pdf.
Davis, V. (2015, February 27). A guidebook for social media learning. Retrieved from https://www.edutopia.org/blog/guidebook-social-media-in-classroom-vicki-davis.
Dunn, J. (2014, September 24). An editable social media policy for schools that works. Retrieved from http://dailygenius.com/editable-social-media-policy-for-schools/.
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